Joel Paris, MD

J.  Paris

Dr Paris is Professor, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University, and Research Associate, Department of Psychiatry, Jewish General Hospital. He obtained his psychiatric training at McGill. His research interests include:

  • developmental factors in personality disorders (especially borderline personality)
  • culture and personality

Current projects:

  • risk factors for borderline personality disorder in children
  • the biological correlates of borderline personality disorder

Tel.: (514) 340-8222 ext. 5238
joel [dot] paris [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) Website


Selected Articles

Editorial: Why Patients with Severe Personality Disorders are Over-medicated. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, in press.

Paris, J, Kirmayer, L: The NIMH Research Domain Criteria: A Bridge Too Far. Journal of Nervous and Mental Diseases, in press.

Stepped care and rehabilitation for patients recovering from Borderline Personality Disorder. Journal of Clinical Psychology, in press.

Editorial: The Natural History of Personality Disorders: Recovery and Residual Symptoms. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 60:301-303.

Paris, J, Goldbloom, Kurdyak, P: Moving out of the office: problems in access to psychiatry. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 2016, 60: 

Egosyntonic and egodystonic: Accounting for continuities and discontinuities between personality traits and personality disorders. Annals of Clinical Psychiatry, 2015 Feb;27(1):44-48.  

Paris, J, Bhat, V, Thombs, B: Is Adult ADHD Being Over-diagnosed? Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 2015, 60:324-328.

Paris, J, Black, D: Borderline Personality Disorder and Bipolar Disorder—What Is the Difference and Why Does It Matter? Journal of Nervous and Mental Diseases 2015, 203:3–7.

Applying the principles of psychotherapy integration to the treatment of borderline personality disorder, Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 2015, 25:13-19.

Implications of biological factors in personality disorders. Canadian Psychology, 2015, 58: 263-266. 

Paris, J, Perlin, J, Laporte, L, Fitzpatrick, M, diStefano, J: Exploring resilience and borderline personality disorder: a qualitative study of pairs of sisters. Personality and Mental Health, 2014, 8:199-208.

After DSM-5: where does personality disorder research go from here? Harvard Review of Psychiatry, 2014, 22:216-21.

Problems in the boundaries of bipolar disorders. Current Psychiatry Reports, 2014, 16:461-5.

The relevance of social capital for personality disorders, Personality and Mental Health, 2014, 8:24-29.

Amore, M, Innamorati, M, Di Vittorio, C, Weinberg, I, Turecki, G, Paris, J, Pompili, M, Girardi, P: Suicide attempts in major depressed patients with personality disorder. Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior, in press.

Bhat, V, Paris, J: Assessment of Adult Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, 2014; 39:E12–E13.

The mistreatment of major depression, Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 2014; 59:148–151.

Modernity and narcissistic personality disorder. Personality Disorders: theory, research, and treatment, 2014, 5:220-226.

Paris, J.: The relevance of social capital for the treatment of personality disorders. Personal Mental Health, 2014 Feb;8(1):24-9.

Amore, M, Innamorati, M, Di Vittorio, C, Weinberg, I, Turecki, G, Sher, L, Paris, J, Girardi, P, Pompili, M,: Suicide attempts in major depressed patients with personality disorder. Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior, 2014 Apr;44(2):155-66.

Biskin, R., Paris, J, Zelkowitz, P, Raz, A, Renaud, J: Outcomes In women diagnosed with borderline personality disorder in adolescence.

Sadikaj, G, Moskowitz, DS, Russell, J, Zuroff , D, Paris, J: Quarrelsome behavior in borderline personality disorder: influence of behavioral and affective reactivity to perceptions of others. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 2013 122:195-207.

Expanding the scope of treatment for borderline personality disorder. Journal of Nervous and Mental Diseases, 2013, 201:143-144.

Paris, J, Chenard-Poirier, M-P, Biskin, R: Antisocial and borderline personality disorders. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 2013, 54:321-325.

Paris, J, Lis, E: Can sociocultural and historical mechanisms inluence the development of borderline personality disorder? Transcultural Psychiatry, 50:140 – 151.

Paris, J. Borderline personality and bipolar disorder: the limits of phenomenology. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 2013 Nov;128(5):384.

Paris, J: Why is psychiatry prone to fads? Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 2013 Oct;58(10):560-5.

How history interferes with psychotherapy integration. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 2013 23:99-106.

The risk that DSM-5 will give personality dimensions a bad name. Current Psychiatry Reviews, 2012, 8:268-270.

Goodman, M Roiff, T, Paris, J: Suicidal risk and management in borderline personality disorder. Current Psychiatry Reports 2012. 14:79-85.

Editorial: The outcome of borderline personality disorder: Good for most but not all. American Journal of Psychiatry 2012, 169:445-446.

Kopala-Sibley, D, Zuroff, D. Russell, J, Moskowitz, D, Paris, J: Differences in affective reactivity explained by the traits of dependency and self-criticism. Journal of Abnormal Psychology 2012; 121:680-691.

Biskin, R, Paris, J: Psychotherapy for personality disorder. Current Medical Literature-Psychiatry. 2012 (published online)

Ruocco, A, Laporte, L, Russell, J, Guttman, H, Paris, J: Response inhibition deficits in borderline personality. Neuropsychology 2012, 26:473-82.

The rise and fall of dissociative disorders. Journal of Nervous and Mental Diseases, 2012; 200:1076-1079.

Biskin, R, Paris, J: Diagnosis of borderline personality disorder. Canadian Medical Association Journal 2012, 184:1789-94.

Biskin, R, Paris, J: Treatment of borderline personality disorder. Canadian Medical Association Journal 2012, 184:1897-902.

Biskin, R, Paris, J: Evaluating treatments of borderline personality disorder. Clinical Practice 2012 9:425-437.

Laporte, L, Paris, J, Russell, J, Guttman, H, Correa, J: Childhood trauma in patients with borderline personality disorder and their sisters. Child Maltreatment, 2012, 17:318–329.

Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 2011, 20:168-174.

Psychopharmacology for personality disorders. International Review of Psychiatry 2011, 23:303–309.

Dimensional Diagnosis and DSM-5: A commentary on Zimmerman et al. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 2011, 72:1340.

Commentary: The promise and the problems. Personality and Mental Health 2011, 5:271-273.


Selected Books

Overdiagnosis in Psychiatry. Oxford University Press, 2015.

A Concise Guide to Personality Disorders. American Psychological Association Publishing, 2015.

Fads and Fallacies in Psychiatry. Royal College of Psychiatrists, London, UK, 2013.

Psychotherapy in An Age of Narcissism. Palgrave MacMillan, 2013.

The Intelligent Clinician’s Guide to DSM-5. Oxford University Press, 2013.

Paris, J, Phillips, J, eds: Making DSM-5: Historical, Ideological, and Conceptual Issues in the DSM Process; Springer, 2013.

The Bipolar Spectrum: Diagnosis or Fad? New York, Routledge, 2012.


Selected Chapters

Childhood adversities and borderline personality disorder, in O. Kernberg, B Dulz, U Sachsse eds: Handbuch der Borderline-Störungen, Stuttgart-New York, Schattauer Verlag, 2nd edition, 2011

Social factors in borderline personality disorder, in O. Kernberg, B Dulz, U Sachsse eds: Handbuch der Borderline-Störungen, Stuttgart-New York, Schattauer Verlag, 2nd edition, 2011

Reducing suicide risk in personality disorders: The state of current evidence, in M. Pompili, R. Taratelli, ed: Evidence-Based Practice in Suicide Prevention: A Sourcebook, Cambridge, MA, Hogrege, pp. 339-347

Suicidality in borderline personality disorder, in R. O’Connor, ed, The International Handbook of Suicide Prevention: Research, Policy and Practice, 2011, pp. 109-117

Personality disorders, in L Roberts, J Layde, R Balon, (eds): The International Handbook of Psychiatry: A Concise Guide for Medical Students, Residents, and Medical Practitioners, World Scientific Publishing, in press

Borderline personality disorder, in V Ramachandran, editor: Encyclopedia of Human Behavior, 2nd Edition, New York, Elsevier, 2012

Pathology of personality disorder: an integrative conceptualization, in T. Widiger, ed: Oxford Handbook of Personality Disorders, New York, Oxford University Press

Differentiating borderline personality disorder from bipolar-II disorder. In G. Parker, ed: Bipolar-II Disorder, 2nd edition, Cambridge University Press, in press

The age of neuroscience and DSM-5: Affective instability and borderline personality disorder, in Mishara, A, Corlett, P, Fletcher, P, Schwartz, M eds: Phenomenological Neuropsychiatry: How Patient Experience Bridges Clinic with Clinical Neuroscience. Springer, in press

History of the diagnosis of BPD in childhood and adolescence. Sharp, C, Tackett, J:  Handbook of Borderline Personality Disorder in Children and Adolescents, Springer

The ideology behind DSM-5, in J Paris and J Phillips, editors, Philosophical and Pragmatic Problems for DSM-5, Springer, 2013

Mood disorder and personality disorder: Simplicity and complexity, In L Choi-Kain and JG Gunderson, editors, Mood disorders and personality disorders. Springer, in press.

Childhood adversity in borderline personality disorder. in B Stanley, A New, editors, A Borderline Primer, Oxford University Press, in press

Psychosocial adversities, in WJ Livesley, ed: Handbook of Personality Disorders, 2nd edition, New York, Guilford Press, in press

Clinical features of borderline personality disorder, in WJ Livesley, ed: Handbook of Personality Disorders, 2nd edition, New York, Guilford Press, in press

Fonagy, P. & Paris, J. (2006). Psychological Treatments. In P. Tyrer & K. Silk (Eds.), Cambridge Handbook of Evidence-Based Psychiatric Treatment. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press (in press).

Paris, J. (2006). Borderline personality disorder. In R. Blaney, T. Millon & R. Davis (Eds.), Oxford Textbook of Psychopathology, 2nd edition. New York: Oxford University Press (pp. 628-652).

Paris, J. (2006). The boundaries of bipolar disorder. In F. Columbo (Ed.), New Directions in Mania. Hauppauge, NY, USA: Nova Science Publishers.

Paris, J. (2006). Managing crises in severe personality disorders. In B. VanLuyn, S. Akhtar & W.J. Livesley (Eds.), Severe Personality Disorders in Everyday Practice. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Paris, J. (2006). Managing the suicidal patient. In P. Hoffman (Ed.), Social Work in Mental Health. Binghamton, NY, USA: The Haworth Press.

Paris, J. (2006). [Overview of borderline personality disorder]. In R. Labrosse & C. Leclerc (Eds.), Trouble de personnalité limite et réadaptation: Points de vue de différents acteurs. Laval, QC, Canada: Éditions Ressources.

Paris, J. (2006). Temperament and personality disorders. In A. Freeman (Ed.), Personality disorders in childhood and adolescence. London: John Wiley & Sons.